It seems time and time again, when the offense is tabbed as the reason or the team as a whole, for the Pats not winning, most lay it in the lap of Brady. Watching the game Sunday, yes, Brady had his mistakes, but he was not the one charged with blocking for running plays or carried the rock on running plays. He did not drop passes which were squarely in the hands of the receivers. Or a receiver who could have easily broken up a potential INT. He, apparently, is not charged with deciding to have running plays in the 4th to eat up clock when they obviously would not be sufficient to get first downs. We can all argue he could have been more effective in late game situations, but, in those games lost late in a game, why is it the D giving up so many late scores after holding the other team in check for just about 50 minutes or more?
A lot of posts here are questioning late game offensive problems as more to blame than late game defensive collapses. Then, after the end of the game, the TEAM talks about doing better as a TEAM, but, how do they get each other to play better at the end of games? In the last few years there has been one theme to the Pats losses.. inability to close out teams with either offensive control or defensive stops late in a game. WHY? What causes such a break down of the successes the team enjoys for more than three quarters of a game on both sides only to see it go up in flames into the later parts of the 4th quarter? You can definitely see, at least IMHO, a change in attitude of the team and play calling. It doesn't seem to play with the same intensity when in the lead late, the offense goes stale and the defense seems to play loose. While the opponment clearly steps up their game on both sides of the ball. Playing "not to lose" versus "hammering the nails into the opponent's coffin" seems the rule in close game, late.